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The Bahamas Extends Tax Breaks for the Islands of Grand Bahama and the Abacos — Orbitax Tax News & Alerts

On 12 January 2021, the Government of the Bahamas announced an extension of tax breaks for the Islands of Grand Bahama and the Abacos.


Cabinet approves further extension on SERZ tax breaks for Grand Bahama and the Abacos

Construction services added to exempted list while deadline for vehicle imports extended for 30 days

The Ministry of Finance is pleased to announce the expansion of tax relief measures under the Special Economic Recovery Zone (SERZ) Extension Order for the islands of Grand Bahama and the Abacos.

Earlier today, Cabinet approved the Disaster Reconstruction Authority (Special Economic Recovery Zone) (Relief) (Amendment) Order, 2021, which includes construction services in the list of tax exempted activities until June 30, 2021.

"Construction activities remain a critical item for the recovery process. The SERZ Extension Order approved in December provided tax relief on the local sale and importation of construction supplies. The latest amendment order allows for the zero-rating of construction services, which will render these activities VAT Free within the Zone until June 30, 2021," said Senator Kwasi Thompson, Minister of State for Finance.

There is a provision that specifically requires these services to be invoiced before June 30 and paid in full by September 31, 2021.

The latest amendment also extends the time allowance for the import of VAT free vehicles. Replacement vehicles must be purchased and shipped prior to January 31, 2021, representing a one-month extension, an arrive in The Bahamas by April 30, 2021.

"The Government is listening and responding to the needs of the people. The road to recovery is not an easy one for residents in the islands devastated by Hurricane Dorian, and we are doing everything we can to provide support where we can," said Minister Thompson.